Reference number: 14/VA44/NW
SALARY: R257 256–R298 230 per annum, (Salary will be in accordance with the OSD determination). The successful candidate will be required to sign a performance agreement.
CENTRE: Family Advocate: Mafikeng
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors Degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification which allows for professional registration with the SACSSP; A minimum of 7 years appropriate experience in Social Work after registration as Social Worker with the SACSSP; A minimum of 5 years proven Social Work Supervisory Experience; Knowledge and experience in Mediation; Court experience in Evidence; Knowledge and application of Family Law, including Mediation in certain Divorce matters Act, Maintenance Act and Domestic Violence Act, Children’s Act (inclusive of Hague Convention on International Child Abduction); A valid driver’s license. Skills and Competencies: Supervisory skills; Computer literacy (MS Word); Communication (written and verbal) skills; Mediation, Interviewing, conflict resolution, evaluation and report writing skills; Diversity and conflict management; Attention to detail.
DUTIES: Key Performance Areas: Assist in the supervision of the work of Family Counsellors; Conduct mediation and / or inquiries as part of a multi-disciplinary team in custody, access, guardianship, child abduction and related Family Law disputes; Evaluate information and compile forensic court reports and make recommendations to the best interest of children in family law disputes; Act as expert witness for the Family Advocate in Court; Network and conduct awareness campaigns regarding the functions and role of the Office of the Family Advocate; Travel to townships and rural areas to conduct inquiries and interview parties and source references in Family Law disputes.
ENQUIRIES: Mr. IZ Baloyi at (018) 397 7051.
APPLICATIONS: Quoting the relevant reference number, direct your application to: The Regional Head, Private Bag X2033, Mmabatho, 2735 or hand deliver it at 22 Molopo Road, Ayob Gardens, Mafikeng.
CLOSING DATE: 26 May 2014
The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer. In the filling of vacant posts the objectives of section 195 (1) (i) of the Constitution of South Africa, 1996 (Act No: 108 of 1996), the Employment Equity imperatives as defined by the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No: 55 of 1998) and relevant Human Resources policies of the Department will be taken into consideration.
NOTE: Applications must be submitted on Form Z83, obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the internet at www.gov.za. A Z83 & CV must be accompanied by certified copies of qualifications and identity document. A valid driver’s license must be attached if indicated as a requirement. A SAQA evaluation report must accompany foreign qualifications. Applications that do not comply with the above mentioned requirements will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a personnel vetting process. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you do not hear from us within 3 months of this advertisement, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful. The department reserves the right not to fill these positions.
Click here to download a Z83 Application Form.
Questions after the interview:
At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.
Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:
- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?
These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.
If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:
- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?
If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:
- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;
The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!